Not Now, Bernard

Not Now, Bernard

By (author) David McKee

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A humorous story in which a young boy is exasperated by his parents refusal to listen to him, so he decides to make them take notice.

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 196 x 226 x 6mm | 99.79g
  • 27 Feb 1994
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • RED FOX
  • London
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0099240505
  • 9780099240501
  • 19,294

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DAVID McKEE's first book was published in 1964. His books are now published in countless languages throughout the world, and many of them have been adapted for television. He is one of the leading contemporary children's book creators.

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"Shows David McKee's droll, deadpan humour at its very best." --"Books for Keeps ""I adore this book, it's one of my favourite picture books, now out in mini version... With one sentence per page this hilarious book with wonderfully expressive illustrations is great for beginner readers, but I would recommend it to all ages and abilities. I've lost count the number of times I have read it, but it still makes me laugh out loud. The last but one picture in particular is a classic!." --Debbie Williams, "Primary Times " "A brilliant image of parent-child relationships... that brings matching ear-to-ear grins to every grown-up and child-in-the-lap"." --Books for Keeps "

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His busy parents answer "Not now, Bernard," when Bernard tries to tell them there's a monster in the garden. And so, without interference, "the monster ate Bernard up, every bit" - and the preoccupied parents continue to brush him oft with "Not now, Bernard." Suitably, MeKee's mod monster is a bright purple and the colors in general (including those of Bernard's father's face) axe as violent as Bernard's fantasy. Kids should recognize the truth in McKee's harsh little joke, but it's hard to say whether they will relate to the story. Despite the torrid colors, it is not a warm book. (Kirkus Reviews)

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great book for 2.5 to 3 year old

our son adores this book. funny and easy to remember the key words, so our son likes ' reading' it with us and to us.show more
by Linda J Empringham